Ukrainian cyclist disqualified from World Championships after blood sample result

Mykhaylo Kononenko's blood sample revealed the presence of the banned substance tramadol

Mykhaylo Kononenko at the world championships in Flanders in 2021
Kononenko at the 2021 Road World Championships
(Image credit: Getty)

Ukrainian rider Mykhaylo Kononenko has been sanctioned after returning a blood sample containing the banned substance tramadol, the UCI has said. 

The 35-year-old has also been retroactively disqualified from the 2022 UCI Road World Championships, the event at which he provided the blood sample. 

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Tom Davidson
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Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.